For this effort, Cybernet leveraged their distributed Procedure Execution and Projection (PEP) system that focuses on supporting automation of complex spacecraft, subsystem, maintenance, and consumables management procedures while ensuring crew situational awareness and anticipating future problems. The PEP system, which is holonic in nature and is therefore a variable autonomous management system where each spacecraft subsystem is monitored by an autonomous specialized holon, provided the capability to:

  • Work in a dynamic collaborative manner with crew to execute procedures,
  • Dynamically offload and re-assume tasking from automation,
  • Autonomously offload tasking from crew based on the system’s initiative when perceiving that the crew member is overloaded or otherwise requires assistance,
  • Project forward in the task execution to look for potential problems and develop contingencies,
  • Ensure crew situational awareness even during complete automation handoff, and
  • Work on multiple procedures at the same time while detecting procedure conflicts (such as for limited resources).

This cognitive architecture can support crews without communication with or support from ground based personnel. Therefore, it is directly applicable to long duration missions or missions with poor or slow communications (such as dark side of moon, Mars, etc.).


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